Dramatic Sunrise over Tower Bridge, River Thames, London, England - The most famous bridge in the world (built in 1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge. It is 800 feet long with the towers each 213 feet high. The span between the towers is 200 feet and can be raised to an angle of 86 degrees to allow large ships to pass. Inside, is The Tower Bridge Exhibition, a major tourist attraction, with a glass floor across the high-level walkways connecting the two towers. You can also visit beautifully maintained the Victorian coal-driven engines which lift the bridge.
Before Sunrise, Clyde Arc, Glasgow, Scotland - The Clyde Arc (aka The Squinty Bridge), constructed in 2006, is a road bridge spanning the River Clyde, connecting Finnieston with Pacific Quay. Glasgow itself is the largest city in Scotland, and third-largest in the United Kingdom. From the eighteenth century onwards, Glasgow grew to one of Britain's main hubs of transatlantic trade with North America. Glasgow is also well known for the football rivalry referred to as the Old Firm, between Celtic and Rangers. One of the best shots of the Clyde Arc is from the Bell's Bridge, opposite SEC Armadillo, and BBC Scotland.
Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon in Bath, Somerset, England. It was completed in 1774. The bridge, one of only four worldwide, is notable in having shops built across its span on both sides. Others include Ponte Vecchio in Florence Italy, Krämerbrücke in Erfurt Germany, Rialto Bridge in Venice Italy. Bath is a major tourist destination, achieving World Heritage Site status in 1987. The other major attractions include the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and Beckford's Tower. Bath also has a wonderful Christmas Market.
Stepping Stones, Rosthwaite, Borrowdale, River Derwent, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Rosthwaite is a small settlement located approximately 6 miles south of Keswick. There's a National Trust car park from which you can walk to Derwent River, where these stones are located. If you continue along the path you will climb Castle Crag, a scenic point with wonderful views. Approximately a mile north of Rosthwaite, just off the B5289, is the Bowder Stone, a massive andesite lava boulder. It is estimated to weigh 2000 tonnes and is about 30 feet high, 50 feet across.
Marshall Suloway Bridge (La Salle Street Bridge), Chicago, Illinois, America - The single-deck bascule bridge (constructed in 1928) spans the Chicago River, connecting Near North Side with the Loop area. It was a bitterly cold morning when I took this photograph, the mist was freezing but provided a great atmosphere to the shot. The gritters had just deiced the roads and paths. Interestingly they use beetroot juice as an additive and spreader for the salt. It keeps the salt chlorides as a slurry at much lower temperatures, the technique was pioneered in Minnesota.
Ponte di Castelvecchio, Verona, Italy - Lord Cangrande II della Scala had the red-brick castle and bridge (Scaliger Bridge) across the Adige River built in 1354 in order to defend Verona's people and to provide an escape route northwards where his Austrian relatives resided in the event of a rebellion against his tyrannic rule. It remains a spectacular sight especially at night lit up, or early in the morning when I took this photograph. The arch bridge featured the world's largest span at the time of its construction. However, the bridge was destroyed, along with the famous Ponte Pietra, by German troops in 1945. Reconstruction began in 1949 and was finished in 1951.
Reflections at Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England - Voted the most romantic street in England! The village (about 4 miles south-west of Stow-on-the-Wold) is built on the banks of the River Eye, which also flows through the equally beautiful Upper Slaughter, just a short walk north-west from here. Lower Slaughter has an old water mill with waterwheel and chimney. There are also records showing the village has been inhabited for over 1000 years. A short distance from here is Bourton-on-the-Water, a stunningly picturesque village part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.